Technology and Research

Our world changes by the second, putting discoveries once believed impossible within reach. At Sutter Health, we adopt new technologies, make novel discoveries and embrace out-of-the-box thinking to help our patients achieve their best health.

Smart glass technology improves care, patient and doctor satisfaction

Doctors want to give patients their undivided attention during office visits. Smart glass technology can liberate doctors from hours of documenting and charting health histories and medical conditions so they can get back to the work they love—taking care of you.

3D tool transforms anatomy education

Medical students at Samuel Merritt University’s California School of Podiatric Medicine use an iPad-like touch-screen along with interactive technology the size of an operating table to learn anatomy. The Sutter-affiliate is one of only a few schools in the greater Bay Area to install and use a “virtual cadaver” called an Anatomage Table to provide realistic, 3D visualization of a human body. The computerized version of a life-sized patient allows students to use virtual dissection tools to manipulate skeletal tissues, muscles, organs and soft tissues. Real patient scans or cadavers provide the high-resolution images.

Sutter research shows promise for delaying Alzheimer’s

A blood infusion may help stave off Alzheimer’s disease, according to a four-year research study by the Sutter Institute of Medical Research published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. The study shows promising results in preventing brain atrophy and delaying Alzheimer’s in early-stage patients. Over a 10-week period, 50 patients ages 50 to 84—all of whom had MRIs showing mild cognitive impairment—were given five infusions, either a blood product called intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) or saline as a placebo. A year later, brain images of the two groups showed less brain atrophy and cognitive decline in the IVIG group, although the differences in the two groups faded by 24 months. The study concluded that early detection is the best strategy to diffuse the antibodies before patients’ brain tissue substantially atrophies.

Researchers bring hope to patients with ovarian cancer

A new approach to treating advanced ovarian cancer may significantly improve patients’ survival compared to standard chemotherapy regimens, according to results published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Researchers at Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center and leading cancer centers across the U.S. provided 10-year data demonstrating long-term advantages over standard intravenous therapy, and suggesting new approaches to personalized treatments. The results showed patients with serous carcinoma and no visible disease and those who completed up to six cycles of therapy were more likely to benefit from chemotherapy administered through the abdominal lining, called intraperitoneally (IP), while avoiding toxicity and treatment-related complications from IP therapy.

Sutter Health award recognizes tech-based solutions to global health challenges

The world’s most challenging health problems require creative solutions. To support individuals and organizations using technology to improve the human condition, Sutter Health sponsors the “Sutter Health Award” as part of the Tech Museum of Innovation’s annual Tech Awards program. In 2015, the Sutter Health Award was presented to Nexleaf Analytics for its development of a low-cost, remote monitoring system to keep vaccines potent and safe during transport to developing countries; and to PrePex for its safe, non-surgical solution to male circumcision in the effort to reduce the risk of HIV infection in high-risk areas of the world.

quote marksIt’s inspiring to learn how the Sutter Health Award finalists dreamed big and defied conventional wisdom to make the world a better place.” — Albert Chan, M.D., Sutter Health vice president and chief of digital patient experience.